questionshas your cat (or dog) had to wear a cone?


Yep. I recommend a plastic one, as unless the kitten is declawed, the cone will be so much shredded paper quickly.


My advice? Get a new vet.

As the owner of many animals through the years (dogs, cats and bunnies primarily) I have had to have many of my pets endure the cone of shame. Not once did a vet tell me one of my animals needed a cone and not provide one (which I was billed for of course).

Your kitten shouldn't have left the office without the cone already placed on.


Never had the experience, but @nortonsark could provide us with some valuable info.


@tarasadies: that is something I'm concerned about and didn't make any sense to me. This is an excellent vet and I have never had any kind of issue with this particular doctor or the practice in general (there is one doctor we won't go back to, but that is a story for another time). My husband may have not have all the info correct, so I will call and follow up tomorrow.


Your pet should have been provided with any and all aftercare medical equipment upon leaving. I would call your vet and ask them why they didn't send the cat home with a cone and ask that they provide one, since kitty cones aren't sold at a standard store.


I got a plastic one at PetsMart when my dog was having hot spots. Worked well, and I kept it for other occasions.


Can't speak to whether the vet should have provided. I do know that we've gotten dog-sized cones at PetSmart/Petco, and they were generally cheaper than the charges at the vet, although less convenient. Assume they have them for cats as well.

My only other suggestion is to make sure that your cat can reach food & water dish with the cone on - we had to trim one for a dog.


Every time our woof went in for surgery, his doctor had him coned and waiting when we picked him up. We have had several vets and several dogs in a couple of different states, every dog was coned after surgery or casting to keep them from chewing or licking. I am in agreement with those that said ditch the vet. Our coolest cone was see through with a padded neck and velcro fastenings (unfortunately, our woof was smart enough to get out of it, if he wasn't watched).


Update on the lack of cone from the vet: sounds like it was a simple mistake. More talking with my husband and I found out that he just assumed that the cone was in the cat carrier - the vet probably thought he would get it at the checkout with the meds, and the checkout people probably didn't know he needed it since it wasn't on the bill. It is only listed as "use if needed" on the discharge papers, and he is not really licking his wounds so I think we are OK for the night. we will pick one up tomorrow from them.

In my investigations online, I saw some "comfy" types - are they better? or will the vet version be just fine?


Our dog was only coned once and it went horribly, but regardless of that, it was provided by the vet when we picked him up. He could not walk with the thing on, he kept running it down in to the floor and just about jerking his head off, it was hilarious to see but horrible at the same time because the poor guy just didn't know what to do. He just could not adjust to the thing. But I agree that you should call the vet and ask what the deal is.


Only slightly off topic, but do you watch the SyFy show, Haven? The last episode involved a number of people suddenly appearing naked around town. The investigators discovered that these folks were dogs who had been transformed into human form. They probably would have realized that sooner if they had seen the guy running down the street still wearing his cone of shame.

Just sayin'.


Yes, our dog has had to have a cone of shame for a few reasons. We needed one later at night once and I was able to get one at PetSmart for like $15-20 I think.


My GSD had some stitches done on his tail. The ER vet coned him while he was under. He was not happy when he woke back up.

cone + 120lb GSD = hole in the wall.

They took the cone off and he was he was fine. The surgeon said he is a protective dog that doesn't want anything attempting to control him (except me :) )They did have to make an interesting cast for his tail so the stitches wouldn't rip out when he swung his tail into the walls.

Long story short - the cone should always be provided and put on at the vets office to see how the animal does. Some animals are ok with it, other aren't. My wicked strong protective dog would let it be known he was not wearing it.


Both my dog while she was alive, and one of my cats have had to wear the cone. My dog had one of those plastic deals that the vet sold me. She cracked them pretty fast (she was a hyper lab mix), so they were taped back together. Eventually I found that Petco sold them, and I started buying them there (cheaper than the vet, and open a bit more often than they were, which was good for the the dog ripped it to shreds at 6pm).

For my cat, they gave her a soft, fabric cone. She is an obsessive groomer, so she had to have one when she was spayed. This was nice, because it was more flexible and she was able to sleep with it on (even though she hated it). Hopefully the vet will give you a fabric cone, I noticed they work a million times better for the cats.

I don't think buying a super comfy, more expensive cone would make sense, he'll probably only need it for a week or so until the stitches dissolve, or you notice he isn't trying to bite them off.


We got a plastic cone and at first our cat started backing up around the house trying to take it off. However after couple of hours she accepted. Until one night I came home and saw that she had actually figured out a way to lick and scratch her cut with the cone on. I would get a plastic if I were you.


This may sound odd, but I can remember my parents using little butter tubs on my cats. I assume they used something to pad the raw cut edges.


Not yet, but we're leaning hard that way. Goofy ADD dog broke a bone in her left front paw and keeps removing the soft bandage. We've put an old hospital sock with the anti-slip tread at the bottom over the bandage sort of as a first wall of defense & we're having to put a plastic bag secured with a scrunchy over the paw when she goes outdoors because of the wet yard. The Cone of Woe would be easier on us, but knowing her, she'd be like a bull in a china shop with it on.


Not to beat a dead horse but I agree with getting a new vet - the animal should have had the cone on when he or she woke up, it is part of adjusting to the cone.

I remember when my kitty had to wear the cone, the poor thing kept walking into walls and couldn't walk down the stairs right. But she came out of it just fine :)


We adopted our dog from a shelter that normally spays and neuters dogs and cats that they put up for adoption. He hadn't gone through it by the time we adopted him, so we were required to have him go through the big snip within 30 days of his adoption on a date to be arranged by the humane society (a date which happened to be greater than 30 days after his adoption). Our vet did not do it. It was a spay/neuter clinic in the area. You would think that they, of all places, would have them handy and provide them. You'd be wrong. We bought one that I think we still have it in the event that he needs it again.


@thumperchick: Actually, they sell them at pet supply stores in my areas. I assumed it was because the cones that came from the vet's office didn't always survive as long as they needed to and people needed to buy replacements. A lot of us in my online Great Dane community have switched to alternatives. A Great Dane in a Great Dane sized cone can wipe out a whole house in about 30 seconds. Here's an article showing alternatives. I lot of folks on my list make a homemade version of the "bite not" colar using an old towel and a roll of duct tape. Given cats' great flexibility, not all these alternative solutions would work. But I do think the last cone, made by Kong, would be a better choice for a cat than the conventional white cones.


As I'm reading this my dog is licking his stitches. Should I turn him in and get the cone of shame? No, I think they are almost healed. He is already in a soft cast. Had stem cells for a torn acl . The stitches are from taking out belly fat to get the stem cells.
Oh, now he switched, he is licking the cast.


Our dog had to wear a cone after each of her several surgeries for bladder stones (she was a Bichon, which are suspectible to them). The hard plastic cone was the only type that was effective at keeping her from licking the wound. We tried the softer fabric type, but she would find a way to defeat them in short order. Our dog would have trouble at first (doorsteps, food/water dish, etc), but she'd figure it out pretty quick. Go back to the vet and insist they give you a hard plastic cone of the appropriate size for your cat!